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Friday, November 21, 2003

Taiwanese delegation takes 'Wild' taste test
The president of Taiwan didn't visit the Kenai Peninsula earlier this month during a brief visit to Alaska, but he still got a taste of the area.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleNantau to present business workshopLocal businesses to support food bankSoldotna Arby's receives excellence awardCelluar One makes move to peninsula

Trade agreement nears completion
MIAMI Trade negotiators approved a draft Wednesday of the world's largest free trade region, adopting a version that allows countries to opt out of some requirements, officials from the Brazilian delegation said.

Credit counseling can be valuable for families in debt
NEW YORK (AP) The reputation of the credit counseling industry has been badly battered in recent months.

New local option available for psychiatric care
The Kenai MediCenter is hoping to open people's minds by expanding its facilities to include psychological services.

Boomers have little to expect from inheritances
Today's retirees are the wealthiest ever, but that doesn't mean they'll be leaving behind significant bequests to bail out the baby boomers.

Lynch book claims top spot on NY Times best seller list
NEW YORK Reviews have been mixed and the facts are in question, but the authorized biography of Pfc. Jessica Lynch will still claim a cherished position in the publishing industry: No. 1 on The NY Times' list of nonfiction best sellers.

Will consumers shop or not?
NEW YORK (AP) This isn't the time for consumers to lose their holiday spirit. The economy needs ho-ho-ho, not ho-hum.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

U.S. farming woman aspires to be next Martha Stewart
MOSCOW, Idaho Rural living is a little different on Mary Jane Butters' farm.

Variety hallmark of new clay show
From making teapots, short and stout, to vertical vessels, tall and curvy, the members of the Kenai Potters Guild have been busy lately, as evidenced by the Kenai Clay Show at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Art Briefs
Community choir begins rehearsalsPainting group to meetCommunity conversation slatedPoetry contests open for entryTable tennis players wantedArtists wanted for showsFund-raiser raffle tickets on saleStudent art contest announcedPhoto contest held

New Arctic atlas wonderful to explore
The high Arctic is a bleak place, but its history is certainly colorful. Now Canadian author Derek Hayes has created a marvelous book that literally puts that color on the page.

'Cat in the Hat' film does injustice to book
The cat in the hat has come back, and he may put you and the kids in the mood for an evening alone with Dr. Seuss' original picture book to fumigate the stink of this feline's awful live-action adventure.

Nation owes more to those injured in service to country
I have been thinking about running for the U.S. Senate, but I have reached a point where someone younger should pick up the ball. There is not one senator who remembers what a young man or women gives up for their country when he or she enlists into the service as a soldier.

Efforts to revitalize fishing industry gain attention elsewhere
The story on "Kenai Wild" was excellent, wonderfully done for supporting your communities' rebuilding of self-esteem and enhancing the conviction that with fishers' support for change, coupled with processing and marketing efforts to back that effort up, wild salmon will be assured of a viable place on our consumers' dinner plates.

Aunt proud to read about nephew
As Zach Womack's aunt, I was very proud to read the article you wrote on his accomplishments. Being a 30-year high school teacher, it is always great to see where students excel and to prove that young people can have high standards and goals for bright futures!

Wrestling travel fund gets help
Thank you to all the parents, coaches and wrestlers who helped at the Soldotna High School Craft Fair.

State should buy back coal bed methane leases
An open letter to Gov. Frank Murkowski: We were very pleased to hear your comments regarding a possible buy back of shallow coal bed methane leases in the lower Kenai Peninsula.

New boss, rules and sponsors set for next year
ATLANTA The way the NASCAR Winston Cup Series does business started making significant changes long before the first lap of the season-opening Daytona 500.

Race schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $5,517,8502. Tony Stewart 5,227,503 3. Jeff Gordon 5,107,762

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth* 5,0222. Jimmie Johnson 4,9323. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4,815

Labonte advises Kenseth on repeat
ATLANTA Bobby Labonte said winning a Winston Cup Series championship was difficult. Defending it was even harder.

Jack Roush
After finishing second four times in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings with Mark Martin, car owner Jack Roush was resigned to the idea he would never win the title. That's why he finds it difficult to celebrate Matt Kenseth's championship. He talked about the just-completed season and his plans for the future.

KPC opens new art room to community
Though the name of the event sounds somewhat hostile and destructive, people participating in Kenai Peninsula College's Throw-A-Pot Day actually were involved in a fun and creative endeavor.

Motors blamed for river pollution
Preliminary results of a study done by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation suggest that motorboat traffic is responsible for the majority of hydrocarbon pollution found in the Kenai River.

Photo feature: Rush hour
Students from Soldotna Montessori Charter School at Soldotna Elementary take turns going downhill fast during recess Thursday afternoon. The forecast is for mixed rain and snow today followed by partly cloudy skies this weekend.

Assembly works through hospital appropriations, other business
An agenda with all the earmarks of a late-night meeting turned out to be a relative breeze, as the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly dispatched with a slough of important public hearings and passed most of the subject spending measures with little or no debate.

Happy in the valley
Unocal Corporation announced Thursday that an exploration well in its Happy Valley prospect has hit a commercial pocket of natural gas and the company likely will drill three development wells next year.

Audit says school money in order, but finances still tight
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's financial statements are in order, an independent auditor announced this week.

Council approves trail project
The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday evening gave the go-ahead to the state for the design and construction of a walking trail from Soldotna Creek Park to Binkley Circle, near the Aspen Hotel.

Area residents appointed to federal boards
Five Kenai Peninsula Borough residents have been appointed to fill seats on the 10 Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.

Kenai man arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault
A Kenai man was arraigned Wednesday in Kenai Superior Court on 10 criminal counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Peter William Johnson Obituary
Soldotna resident Peter William Johnson died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at his home. He was 55.

Schwarzenegger begins his new role as governor
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set a very positive, bipartisan tone yesterday with his soaring inaugural address. Drawing heavily on his immigrant past, he expressed his deep appreciation for a diverse state that continues to welcome people from around the globe. ....

40 years later: Reflecting on Kennedy's words
John Fitzgerald Kennedy 35th president of the United States (Jan. 20, 1961 to Nov. 22, 1963)

U.S. changes tactics in Iraq
WASHINGTON The U.S. military's counteroffensive in Iraq features a major shift in tactics: aggressive combat against guerrilla hide-outs and training camps using American precision bombs and missiles rarely seen since the war last spring.

Ski swap, Warren Miller film in Seward
In association with the Seward Nordic Ski Club Ski Swap Saturday, Warren Miller's film "Journey" will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Seward High School theater.

Home on the range
JUNEAU It's cold, and a metal rifle is colder. The air is crisp, Mount McGinnis looms in the distance. A row of men and women lie prone on a cement slab, cushioned by inch-thick mats, one knee cocked to the side.

Like Alaska's wildlife, refuge staff, programs adapt for warmer winters
Two weeks ago, I was startled and amazed at the same time. As I walked out the front door of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, there was a little animal that stood out like a sore thumb.

Snowmachine trails grant applications available
The 2003 Snowmobile Safety and Education Grant Program application is now available through Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Grants are available for snowmobile safety and education projects and programs.

Parks chief got his start as a mule skinner
ANCHORAGE The road that took Alaska's new state parks director from a ranch in Montana to the helm of the largest state-park system on the continent traces a long and winding track across the face of North America.

Around the Peninsula
Builders plan awards banquetCabin restoration presentation scheduledHomer ski swap plannedSoroptimists hold candy fund-raiserAvalanche workshop plannedAssistance available for commercial fishers

Around the Peninsula
Health center to close for Thanksgiving Free car seat check up Saturday Grant writing workshop set Firefighters plan basketball fund-raiser Victorian tea scheduled

Missouri holiday light display sparks debate
MONETT, Mo. (AP) Critics of a holiday light display in a city park are complaining because it lacks religious symbols.

Querin to speak in Soldotna
The Rev. Sandi Querin will be the featured speaker during North Wind community services at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna.

Unitarian Universalists host minister
Fran Dearman of the Anchorage Unitarian Universalists Fellowship will lead a workshop Saturday and conduct the Sunday service for the Soldotna-Kenai Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Pope tells Indian bishops to oppose caste system
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II told visiting Roman Catholic bishops from India that Christians must reject divisions based on caste, saying such prejudice ''denies the human dignity of entire groups of people.''

Thanksgiving holiday 1 day with 2 possible outlooks
Abraham Lincoln's ambassador to Great Britain was Charles Francis Adams.

Catholic bishops from Africa, Asia bring concerns to U.S. bishops
At a meeting with America's Roman Catholic leaders, Archbishop Simon Ntamwana of Burundi recounted an all-too-familiar litany of African woes: Crushing poverty. War. AIDS.

Baptists plan to open new seminary in Texas
DALLAS (AP) Southern Baptists in Texas plan to open the independent Carroll Theological Institute next fall in a location somewhere between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Conservative Anglican leader is named president of Nigeria's Christian association
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) Archbishop Peter Akinola, the leader of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican), has been elected president of the Christian Association of Nigeria an alliance of Protestants and Roman Catholics in a nation with a strong Muslim presence

North Carolina church receives dropped-off prayer requests
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) The mailbox outside of Gaston Christian Church isn't for typical letters. It's just for prayer requests.

Oriental Orthodox suspend world talks until Anglicans settle gay disputes
LONDON (AP) The Anglican Communion said Monday that the Oriental Orthodox churches have suspended ecumenical talks until the Anglicans settle their internal disputes over homosexuality.

U.S. pastor returns to see Cuba church thriving
CAMP CANAAN, Cuba Paul Northrup raised his hands and shouted ''alleluia!'' A congregation of more than 1,000 Cubans echoed back.

Marginal skiing better than nothing
As of Thursday morning, things were getting down and dirty for area cross-country skiers.

Riders on the storm
Tony Touch, left, Scott Seifert, center, and, Phil Reynolds hike up Vail Mountain through several inches of fresh snow for an early taste of snowboarding Monday in Vail, Colo.

Devils run unbeaten streak to 10
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Stevens set up the first two goals and the suddenly potent New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Southern Miss throttles TCU
HATTIESBURG, Miss. TCU in the BCS? Southern Mississippi put an end to any debate by fighting off a frantic comeback attempt by the Horned Frogs.

Anything to move the merchandise
Anything to help move the merchandise. Two years ago, as Barry Bonds zeroed in on the single-season home-run mark, someone asked whether the fans' appreciation of him would ever catch up to his already considerable achievements.

Mavs nip Spurs in Texas tussle
DALLAS Michael Finley scored six of his 17 points during a game-turning run in the third quarter and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late charge to beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 Thursday night.

Father of four playing college football with his son at age 44
JACKSON, Tenn. Joey Williams was so sore after football practice he couldn't get out of bed the next morning.

Moose skaters top Nikiski 10-1
The Nikiski High School hockey team dropped a nonconference game 10-1 to the Palmer Moose Thursday at the Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Free throws boost Lakers
NEW YORK Karl Malone was one of three Lakers to make more free throws than the Knicks attempted, helping Los Angeles end its three-game road losing streak with a 104-83 victory over New York on Wednesday night.

Want to play hoops in Arctic Winter Games?
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska recently announced selection procedures in the sport of basketball. Athletes

Skaters drop puck on new season
The high school hockey season is under way on the Kenai Peninsula, and after two weekends' worth of games, the balance of hockey power appears to have shifted from perennial peninsula power Soldotna which now finds itself in a rebuilding mode to a deep and experienced Kenai Central squad.

Lightning strikes Islanders thanks to Stillman's late goal
TAMPA, Fla. Cory Stillman scored his 10th goal of the season in the third period to help lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the New York Islanders 3-2 Thursday night.

Decision expected soon on Expos for 2004
CHICAGO (AP) The commissioner's office hopes to decide by next week whether the Montreal Expos will move 22 home games to San Juan or Monterrey in 2004.

Skyview in the hunt for state title
The four Class 4A, or big-schools, wrestling teams from the Kenai Peninsula will have their first major shakedown of the young season today and Saturday at the North-South Tournament at Wasilla.

Sports Briefs
Adu named to U.S. Under-20 national teamNo. 1 Connecticut dispatches Nevada

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